Special Issue "Rotaxanes"


A special issue of Molecules (ISSN 1420-3049).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 September 2013)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Dr. David B. Smithrud

Department of Chemistry, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH 45221, USA
Website: http://www.artsci.uc.edu/collegemain/faculty_staff/profile_details.aspx?ePID=MjczMjk%3D
Interests: molecular recognition; cell transport; DNA binding agents; peptidomimetics; host-guest chemistry; catalysis; synthesis

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The wheel was one of the great inventions of mankind. Reinvention of the wheel in molecular chemistry gave birth to rotaxanes. The wheel is kinetically locked around a linear molecular axle with its slippage blocked by sterically hindering molecules attached to the ends of the axle. Controlling the spatial location of the wheel on the axle, as it naturally spins and slides, is the challenge for chemists who harness the power of the wheel to drive novel molecular machines. The scope of this Special Issue includes state of the art research harnessing the unique features of rotaxanes to construct a wide range of molecules from the small molecular devices such as sensors, switches, biomimetics, and transporters to the large supramolecular structures such as polyrotaxanes. Research papers and reviews dealing with the presented fields are welcome for the preparation of this Special Issue of Molecules.

Dr. David B. Smithrud
Guest Editor


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  • rotaxanes
  • polyrotaxanes
  • molecular sensors
  • molecular switches
  • molecular machines
  • delivery devices
  • host-guest chemistry
  • biomimetics

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Molecules 2013, 18(11), 13398-13409; doi:10.3390/molecules181113398
Received: 18 September 2013 / Revised: 18 October 2013 / Accepted: 22 October 2013 / Published: 30 October 2013
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p. 11553-11575
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Molecules 2013, 18(9), 11553-11575; doi:10.3390/molecules180911553
Received: 24 July 2013 / Revised: 9 September 2013 / Accepted: 11 September 2013 / Published: 17 September 2013
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